South Needs North to Actualise Presidency, Says Diri


…As Bala Mohammed Tasks Other Aspirants On Humility

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said that no region can produce the president of the country without the support of other regions The Trumpet gathered.

He specifically stated that the demand of the southern governors that the presidency be zoned to the South could not be achieved without the support of the North and vice versa.

Governor Diri spoke when a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant and Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed, visited him in Government House, Yenagoa.

The Bayelsa governor urged PDP members to collectively work for the success of the party in next year’s presidential election.

Diri noted that as an opposition party, what should be paramount is how to wrest power from the ruling party, which he said had lost grip of governance in all aspects.

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While restating the call for the PDP to zone the presidency to the South, Diri stressed the need for political offices to be rotated among different parts of the country to ensure equity, fairness and justice as exemplified by the PDP in its last national convention.

The Bayelsa Governor, however, noted that God remained the ultimate decision-maker on who becomes the PDP flag-bearer and that he would support whoever emerges as the party’s choice.

The governor urged his Bauchi counterpart to speak on issues about the party and how to better the lot of Nigerians, saying that the world and Nigerians are looking up to the PDP to salvage the country from total collapse occasioned by the bad governance of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He commended the humble disposition of Governor Mohammed and thanked him for starting his presidential declaration from the state.

His words: “Nigeria is waiting for PDP. Our party must be united and support whoever emerges.

“Even in our quest for a southern president, we need the north. We have to court the north, speak with the north and whoever that God so appoints to be the president.

“I like to restate and re-emphasise that we need to be at the centre. Nigeria is falling apart and we need to rescue the country. The world is looking up to PDP for Nigeria to work again.

Speaking earlier, Senator Bala Mohammed advised other PDP aspirants to be humble in the quest to get support for their presidential ambition.

The Bauchi governor, who described Bayelsa as his second home, noted that he was in the state to formally declare his intention to run for the presidency.

According to him, as a democrat and having benefited from people all over Nigeria, he was not sectional and would support whoever emerges as the party’s candidate for the 2023 presidential election.

He called on other aspirants to close ranks and work together for the PDP to take over power at the center

“I believe in Nigeria and if I am not there, whoever is the candidate, I will support. I respect people. I may not be the best.,” he said.

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